Srinagar: Police have launched a crackdown against students for their involvement in street protests by calling them to police stations.
SP Higher Secondary School is one of the schools whose students are being summoned to police station. The students of this school are being called to Kothibagh police station.
Sources said, police have accessed the particulars including contact details of students from their school records, which police have obtained.
“My brother was called by the station house officer of Kothi Bagh police station to appear before the police,” a resident of downtown Srinagar, requesting anonymity, told Kashmir Reader.
The school’s principal declined to comment on the issue. Superintendent of Police (East City) Sheikh Faisal Qayoom was not available for his comment.
Education minister Altaf Bukhari told Kashmir Reader that the police have not approached the education department with any formal application to ask for admission forms of students from the school authorities.
“If this has happened, I will take strong action against the police officer who has done it,” Bukhari said. “I will not allow them to take data from the department and to call students to police station. We have neither got any official request from police nor have we issued such an order,” he said.
Bukhari said that the government will never allow a school’s confidential data to be accessed by police. “After inquiring into this, I will take up this matter with the chief minister and will ensure that police officials who did this are taken to task,” Bukhari said.
“The education department will talk to students and teachers on its own. We will not allow police to enter educational premises and call students using their records in the institutions,” he added.